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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
with an Emphasis on Primary Care Mental Health
William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (WJB Dorn
Erin L.S. Johnson, Ph.D.
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
Mental Health Service Line (116)
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
(803) 776-4000 x7469
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The postdoctoral fellowship at the Dorn VAMC is a newly funded program and is not currently accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. We will most likely start
our process of accreditation as early as possible, which will be after our first fellow graduates in August
2012. Questions regarding the accreditation process and status may be addressed to: APA, Office of
Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-
Application & Selection Procedures
All applicants to the postdoctoral fellowship at the Dorn VAMC must have a doctoral degree in Clinical or
Counseling Psychology from an APA-accredited program or an APA approved respecialization training
program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. An emphasis in health or community psychology is
preferred but not required. In addition, applicants must also have completed an internship program
accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation or have completed a VA-sponsored internship
(including a new VA internship that is not yet APA accredited). Additionally, certification of U. S.
citizenship and drug screening are required for all VA postdoctoral fellows. Also, the Federal government
requires that male applicants to VA positions born after 12/31/59 must sign a Pre-Appointment
Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they are employed. It is not necessary to
submit this form with the application, but if you are selected for this fellowship and fit the above criteria,
you will have to sign it. All fellows will have to complete a Certification of Citizenship in the U. S. prior to
beginning the fellowship. Applications from non-citizens will not be considered. The VA conducts drug
screening exams on randomly selected trainees as well as employees. Fellows are not required to be
tested prior to beginning work, but once on staff they also are subject to random selection for testing.
Fellows are also subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Selection decisions are contingent on
passing these screens. Our training programs are committed to creating a supportive learning
environment for individuals of diverse backgrounds, and as a federal agency, we abide by the U.S.
government EEO and Reasonable Accommodation policies.
The selected applicant must have successfully defended his/her dissertation and completed all
other degree requirements before they begin the fellowship program.
If you are interested in our fellowship program, please send us the following materials:
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1. A cover letter that describes your personal training goals and how our post doc may meet those
for you. In your letter, please describe your previous educational, research and clinical
experience relevant to the post doc; your assessment of your training needs; specific clinical
settings and experiences at Dorn VAMC that you feel would help you reach your goals; research
or educational project ideas that you want to pursue during your fellowship year here; and your
general career goals.
2. A copy of your curriculum vitae.
3. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or clinical supervisors who are familiar
with your clinical as well as your research work (ideally including a letter from your Internship
Training Director as well as from at least one supervisor that is familiar with work you’ve done in
integrated psychology work).
4. A brief statement from your dissertation chair outlining the progress you have made on your
dissertation, a likely defense date and likely graduatation date from the program.
5. An official and sealed copy of your graduate transcript.
Please compile all materials and send your application in one packet. We look forward to hearing from
you. Please send all materials and direct any questions to Dr. Erin L.S. Johnson, Ph.D.:
Dr. Erin L.S. Johnson
WJB Dorn VAMC
Mental Health Service Line-116
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29208
Telephone: (803) 776-4000 x7469
Fax: (803) 695-7912
For additional inquiries, please contact Dr. Chamarlyn Fairley, at:
Telephone: (803) 776-4000 x7057
Selection and Interview Process: Written application materials will be reviewed upon receipt by all
relevant psychology faculty. Top candidates will be invited for phone interviews. Candidates for interview
will be selected based on several criteria including meeting the requirements described above, clinical
experiences, and match with our program. Please be sure to indicate daytime and evening telephone
numbers in your application materials so you can be reached to schedule an interview. The phone
interview will consist of a brief summary of the fellowship program, followed by interview questions asked
by a panel of psychologists at Dorn. Applications for the position will be accepted until the position is
filled. The anticipated start date of the fellowship program is August 2011.
Postdoc Appointment: The Director of the Postdoc Fellowship or designee calls the postdoc by
telephone to confirm that he or she has been the postdoc position within our program. A letter of
confirmation is sent within 72 hours of notification. Each postdoc must respond in writing that he or she
accepts the appointment with the W.J.B. Dorn VAMC PCMH Psychology Fellowship Program.
When these letters are received from the new postdoc, copies of the application folders are sent to
Human Resources Management Service (HRMS), which will then begin the process of employment. The
applicants are required to complete an OF 612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) and to
complete a physical exam.
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The appointment to a postdoc position is contingent upon the individual's application being cleared
through a national data bank to screen for possible ethical and legal violations. The postdoc must pass
employment screenings through the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector
General, List of Excluded Individuals and the National Practitioner Health Care Integrity and Protection
Data Bank, as well as a fingerprint check, before the appointment becomes official. A postdoc must also
pass the pre-employment physical completed by a VA hospital before he or she can begin the internship.
The postdoc must also complete Online Cyber Security Awareness Training, Privacy Training and sign
the Rules of Behavior before arriving for orientation.
Dorn VA is part of a national network of medical centers and clinics operated by the Department of
Veterans Affairs, with the mission of providing comprehensive health care to men and women who have
served in the Armed Forces. The VA health care system is responding to many national changes in the
health care field, including an emphasis on integrating health and mental health care and services. Our
fellowship program will address this emphasis and be continuously refined in order to best address the
needs of our many returning veterans of OIF/OEF/OND, while at the same time addressing the needs of
our aging veterans.
Although our psychology fellowship is new, the W.J.B. Dorn VAMC has been an approved training site for
psychiatry residents, medical, social work, and nursing students for over 20 years. Within the Medical
Center, psychology training is conducted in the context of the Mental Health Care Service Line (MHCSL),
a multidisciplinary department including professionals from the following disciplines: psychology,
psychiatry, social work, nursing,clinical pharmacy and addictions therapy. The mission of the MHCSL is to
provide quality patient care, training and research.
Currently, there are sixteen doctoral level psychologist positions through the W.J.B. Dorn VAMC, one of
which is assigned to one or our Community Based Outpatient Clinics, The psychologists have interests
and expertise in PTSD, substance abuse and co-occuring disorders, primary care psychology, health
psychology, assessment, military sexual trauma, neuropsychology, end of life issues, geropsychology,
and serious mental illness. Psychology staff come from diverse academic backgrounds and ascribe to a
range of theoretical orientations including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, experiential,
interpersonal, existential, and gestalt. We will be having three new predoctoral psychology interns also
starting in our new predoctoral internship program, so the postdoc will have opportunities to engage with
and help mentor these interns.
Training will also occur within the Primary Care Clinics which are compromised of physicians, nurses,
physicians assistants, pharmocologists and social workers.
For more information on the W.J.B. Dorn VA Medical Center, please go to the web site:
Training Model and Program Philosophy
The mission of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to provide the postdoctoral fellow
with the opportunity to refine basic clinical skills in order to become a fully functioning clinical
psychologist. In addition, the fellow will have an opportunity to develop and utilize consultation and
behavioral health skills needed while providing mental health services in a primary care setting. The
model for providing these services, the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Model,
encourages the postdoctoral fellow to provide services that are evidence-based, timely, strength-based,
and sensitive to the needs of the Veteran.
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We will provide training consistent with the Practitioner-Scholar model. We will strive to provide each
postdoctoral fellow with advanced clinical training, with an emphasis on consultation and behavioral
health. The program will produce psychologists who are capable of understanding and implementing
evidence-based interventions and use their skills to further contribute to our scientific understanding
and literature in the field of psychology.
There will be an emphasis in our program on the clinical, consultation and behavioral health skills
needed to provide patient centered care as part of a multidisciplinary team. Multidisciplinary teams
in PCMHI will include primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacologists, psychiatrists,
psychologists, social workers, and administrative staff. Our fellows will have the opportunity to
train with other students and developing professionals from varying disciplines including but not
limited to: primary care and psychiatry residents and nursing students of varying levels.
The Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program recognizes and respects the varied interests,
backgrounds, and professional goals post-doctoral fellows bring to our training program. Every effort
will be made to accommodate their career aspirations and provide th em with individualized
career advising, including interdisciplinary collaboration, membership in professional organizations,
attendance at conferences, and pursuit of research interests, such that they may further develop their
specific interests and carve out their unique career trajectory.
Program Goals and Objectives
Training Objectives for the Fellowship Year
GOALS: Refining basic psychological skills needed to become a competent psychologist according to
the APA Commission on Accreditation. Specifically, fellows are expected to demonstrate competence in
the following areas by the end of the year:
Theories and methods of psychological assessment, diagnosis, and intervention
Consultation, supervision, and teaching or lecturing
Strategies of scholarly inquiry
Organization, administration management and evaluation of psychology programs
Professional standards and conduct, and ethical and legal issues
Cultural and individual diversity that are relevant to all of the above components
In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will learn to deliver mental health services that are consistent with
the goals of PCMHI:
o Co nt i n uo us im pr o vem en t
o Team based c ar e
o P at i en t c e nt er ed n es s
OBJECTIVES: To help reach these goals, the postdoctoral fellow will strive to develop cert ain skills
and expertise. Objectives for the Fellowship program include:
1) Increasing direct services skills by using clinical techniques that are culturally competent and
evidence-based (i.e.-motivational interviewing, active listening skills). In addition, the
postdoctoral fellow may help train primary care staff to use similar techniques.
2) Encouraging self-management of care by veterans. Consistent with a recovery and
patient centered model of care, the postdoctoral fellow will provide veterans with the
education, resources and support tools to empower veterans to self -manage their mental
health care. The postdoctoral fellow may also help educate and train primary care staff to
deliver services in the same manner.
3) Providing personalized health care. Specifically, the postdoctoral fellow will work to involve
broader systems in veterans' mental health care (i.e. -family and community support). In
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addition, the postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the patient's primary care staff to
provide integrated care that is patient centered.
4) Facilitating shared decision making in veteran's care. This may include coaching primary staff
to deliver services in this manner and also using this approach in direct patient contact and
delivery of mental health services.
5) Increasing patient participation in their health care. Potential activities the postdoctoral
fellow may be involved in could include designing, implementing and analyzing data from
focus groups, helping develop a patient advisory board, and helping to facilitate a patient
orientation that increase veteran's participation in their own health care.
Fellows will participate in a wide variety of clinical and consultation experiences during their fellowship
year. Core clinical activities will include individual and group therapy, psychological assessment cases,
initial psychotherapy intakes, and suicide risk assessments. Consultation activities will include curbside
consultations with Primary Care staff, participation in mental health and primary care meetings, and
potential educational trainings for Primary Care staff. Fellows will also participate in didactic and
professional development activities, as well as at least two hours of supervision weekly.
Supervision is based on a developmental model, taking into account that postdoctoral fellows are mature
learners who, throughout the fellowship year, are expected to perform with increasing degrees of
independence. The fellowship provides for open and ongoing contact between supervisors and the
postdoc. The postdoc will function as a colleague in the mental health service, with daily access to
supervisors and other professionals. In addition, there will be possibilities for the postdoc to help mentor
the predoctoral interns.
The postodc will meet one hour weekly with the fellowship training director for formal indiviudal
supervision. Additional supervision meetings will be set up with relevant psychology faculty for more
specialized supervision on areas including assessment, consultation, research and professional
development. These additional supervision meetings will depend on the postdoc's areas of interest and
the mutual agreement of the postdoc and training director on areas the postdoc would like to focus on
and gain additional skills. Methods of supervision will include direct observation, review of notes and
consultation with other mental health professionals interactioning with the postdoc. While the postdoc will
not be able to directly supervise the predocs, they will have opportunities to guide the predocs learning
throughout the year in less formal capacities (i.e.-case presentation and discussions with predocs, having
predocs observe postdoc engaging in clinical activites where appropriate).
Less formal supervision occurs during seminars and case conferences, and the postdoc will have a
chance to interact with predocs and their training supervisors as appropriate. Supervision by
professionals from other disciplines will be arranged when desired and appropriate.
Method and Frequency of Evaluation
Each fellow is expected to develop and demonstrate certain core competencies in clinical skills
during the postdoctoral year. These core competencies will be carefully monitored and evaluated mid
and end of the year. Successful completion of the postdoctoral program requires the demonstration
of these competencies. Satisfying core competencies requires demonstration and observation of a
level of knowledge and skill expected of a fellow who is preparing to enter the practice of
psychology as an independent professional. Core areas consist of Professional Standards and
Behavior, including ethics, professional deportment, respect for cultural diversity, and maintenance of
professional boundaries; and Professional Skill Competency, including case conceptualization,
cultural diversity, diagnostic skills and use of formal assessment, psychotherapy skills, crisis
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intervention skills, consultation, evaluation, and supervision skills, teaching skills, and scholarly
Fellows will rate themselves on the development of these skills and the supervisor (s) will rate the
fellow at the end of each six month time frame using an evaluation form outlining each core
competency. Each core competency will be operationalized and measured on a 5-point Likert scale
with 5 indicating strongly agree and 1 indicating strongly disagree. In addition, there will be room for
comments. Review of the form will be a constructive process for the fellow.
The postdoctoral fellow will learn and refine a wide range of clinical, consultation, behavioral health,
assessment, and psychological professional skills throughout their postdoctoral fellow year.
Clinical skills refined over the course of the year will include various evidence based treatment skills
(i.e.-motivational interviewing, CBT, PE, CPT), and psychological assessment skills. All treatments will
be provided in a culturally competent manner. At our facility, our veteran population is varied in
terms of age, gender, war theatre and severity and type of presenting issues. Given this variety,
the postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to provide appropriate culturally competent care.
Clinical interventions that the postdoctoral fellow will provide include:
Individual therapy that is evidence based, empowering and time-limited. Presenting
issues will most likely include veterans with depression, anxiety, PTSD and life
adjustment concerns. Treatment approaches may include motivational interviewing,
cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), prolonged exposure (PE), cognitive processing
therapy (CPT) and short-term solution focused therapy.
Group therapy that focuses on health and mental health promotion, care management of
mental health concerns, family and community supports, etc.
Assessment skills will be refined through the completion of two formal psychological
assessments and multiple additional less formal assessments to clarify diagnoses and provide
treatment recommendations. The two formal assessments, inf ormed by clinical practice, will
incorporate personality and cognitive assessment instruments, as appropriate, including but not
limited to the: Beck Depression Inventory 2, PCL-M, MMPI2, MCMI3, PAI, and projective
assessments such as the Rorschach or TAT. In addition, as a member of the PCMH team, the
postdoctoral fellow will receive requests for a variety of psychological assessments from Primary Care
Doctors and from the Mental Health Service Line. Consults from the Primary Care doctors include
suicide risk assessments and mental health intakes. Shorter assessment measures specifically useful in
primary setting settings such as the PHQ-9, BAI-PC and the BDI-PC may also be used. The fellow will
become practiced in administering and interpreting the suicide risk assessment and in conducting
and writing up mental health intakes to inform treatment triage decisions. Through conducting
intakes, postdoctoral fellows would be able to increase their assessment and triage skills, in addition
to their consultation skills with colleagues from other disciplines.
Consultation and Collaboration with Primary Care
Consultation skills to be developed over the course of the year will include learning how to
collaborate with multiple disciplines, how to educate primary care staff on mental health issues, and
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how to navigate and work effectively in a fast-paced health care setting. Consultation activities
Participating in meetings with primary care staff.
Education of primary care staff on patient centered therapeutic techniques such as
motivational interviewing, culturally competent care, active listening, shared decision
making, increasing veteran compliance with care, etc.
Encouragement of a patient centered perspective in health care. The postdoctoral fellow could
therefore be involved in developing, implementing and analyzing data from veteran focus groups
to ensure services are delivered in a client centered manner.
Developing and effectively utilizing relevant mental health support tools and resources to
facilitate self-management of mental health care with veterans as appropriate.
Research activities will include opportunities to use the latest research to inform practice. In
addition, there would be the potential involvement in research in PCMHI models (looking at needs
assessments for adapting the PCMHI model to our facility, process evaluation of PCMHI
implementation efforts, early outcome evaluation work on client outcomes and satisfaction and staff
satisfaction). The postdoctoral fellow may therefore help develop, implement, analyze and provide
feedback on data from process and outcome evaluations regarding PCMHI activities.
One of our Medical Center Director's goals is to promote research at the WJB Dorn VAMC, a goal
consistent with the increased focus on use of evidenced-based treatments and psychotherapies.
The inclusion of routine objective assessments and the emphasis on the collection of data for
purposes of quality management helps further sets the stage for the research process. With the
guidance of our research-oriented psychologists, fellows may propose research, develop and
submit a protocol for consideration by our Institutional Review Board (IRB), and if approved,
Ancillary research experiences will also be encouraged . Fellows will be prompted to make use of
research literature in seeking solutions to clinical care problems and in the planning and development
of new services. Our computer system is equipped with access to electronic research databases
and the University of South Carolina Medical School library is located on our campus, further facilitating
the research-related activities. Forums such as journal clubs and grand rounds will be used to foster
a supportive learning environment.
Didactic Seminar. This seminar, attended by all psychologists and trainees, will meet weekly and
cover the gamut of professional issues. Suicide evaluation, PCMH I model, advances in evidence-
based psychotherapies, family therapy, combat stressors and PTSD, learning disabilities, women's
issues, mental status exams, behavioral medicine, cognitive -behavioral therapies, and the
MMPI are a sampling of the topics to be discussed. We are devoted to helping the fellow evolve a
personal style of psychotherapy and consultation that is both helpful to others and personally
meaningful. It is assumed that wide latitude exists in how one may be an agent of beneficial change
in others, and the emphasis is on acquaintance with the full spectrum of those possibilities.
A variety of topical issues will be discussed of both local and national concern to mental health including
privileging, ethics, and quality improvement standards. Examples of ethical issues of professional
practice to be discussed might include issues such as avoiding malpractice, keeping patients' records,
and informed consent.
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Each fellow is expected to conduct four case conferences throughout the year. Fellows may choose
either therapy cases, assessment cases, consultation concerns or a mixture of all three. The purpose
of the case conference is to have interns learn to present information about patients and the PCMH
team and to assist fellows to better understand a selected patient and the system of the PACT model.
Fellows will be informed of additional educational opportunities in the community and will be
encouraged to attend. This may include Grand Rounds presentations at neighboring medical
centers, continuing education seminars, DOD workshops, and VA EES offerings.
Opportunities will also exist for participating in meetings, and where appropriate, presenting and
teaching, to mental health and primary care colleagues in the following settings:
PCMHI team meetings. PCMHI clinical staff will most likely meet regularly to review the
care of specific veterans in the program, coordinate clinical services, and plan new
clinical services. Teamlet and team huddles. Depending on how our center's PACT
model develops, the postdoctoral fellow will be involved in daily huddles as needed to
provide integrated care to veterans. MHSL staff meeting. Once a month, all MHSL
personnel meet, under the direction of the MHSL Director, in order to coordinate
services among MHSL units and with related services beyond the MHSL (e.g.,
OIF/OEF, Home-Based Primary Care, MOVE!, etc.). Staff is informed about upcoming
events or changes to hospital policy, procedures, etc. Guest speakers from other
hospital departments and/or the greater community also present in order to keep the
MHSL staff abreast of helpful resources in providing care. Primary Care Staff
Meetings. PC meetings occur every few weeks to update primary care staff on the
latest staff changes, policy changes and to increase morale within the PC unit.
Requirements for Completion of Postdoctoral Fellowship
The fellow is expected to progress along a continuum of competence during the fellowship year in the
areas of assessment, clinical interventions, consultation, supervision, and professional development. To
maintain good standing, the fellow actively participates in clinical assignments, is receptive to and
responsive to supervision, and conducts themselves in a way that is ethical and professionally
appropriate. A fellow in good standing demonstrates punctuality, is receptive to clinical assignments,
completes clinical responsibilities and documentation in a timely manner, recognizes professional
limitations, and seeks supervisory assistance as needed.
To successfully complete the fellowship, postdoctoral students are required to meet minimum practice
(workload) expectations, achieve competency in all required domains and be in good standing throughout
the year. Performance standards within each competency domain are detailed in the evaluation forms
which are completed three times a year by supervisors.
Facility and Training Resources
The W.J.B. Dorn VA Mental Health Department has grown substantially over recent years. The postdoc
will have assigned work space in PCMHI and for testing as needed. Our medical center includes state of
the art computer equipment, with access to the hospital network, and Windows-based software including
computerized patient record system (CPRS), VA Vista, and Office-based applications (version 2010).
Internet and intranet LAN connectivity are provided. W.J.B.Dorn VA maintains a medical library on
station, as well as having sharing agreements with the USC School of Medicine library. The VA maintains
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a wide lending library for access to computerized journal articles. Interns receive needed clerical and
administrative support and assistance through a specified Mental Health Clinic administrative staff
member, as well as through other Medical Center staff if needed to complete clinical duties elsewhere in
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Stipend: Fellows receive a competitive stipend paid in 26 biweekly installments. VA postdoctoral
fellowship stipends are locality adjusted to reflect different relative costs in different geographical areas.
Currently, the stipend for the Dorn VAMC postdoctoral fellowship is $42,239 annually.
Benefits: The postdoctoral fellowship appointments are for 2080 hours, which is full-time for a one year
period. VA fellows are eligible for health insurance (for self, married spouse, and legal dependents) and
for life insurance, just as are regular employees. As temporary employees, fellows may not participate in
VA retirement programs.
Holidays and Leave: Fellows receive the 10 annual federal holidays. In addition, fellows accrue 4 hours
of sick leave and 4 hours of annual leave for each full two week pay period as a fellow, for a total of
between 96 and 104 hours of each during the year.
Authorized Leave Policy: The policy of the Psychology postdoctoral fellowship program on Authorized
Leave is consistent with the national standard.
Due Process Statement: It is the practice of the Dorn VAMC fellowship program to attempt to address all
problems and complaints at the lowest possible level, utilizing formal procedures only when standard
supervisory approaches have proven unsuccessful in resolving an issue.
Since no one set of procedures can be established to cover all potential problem scenarios, emphasis is
placed on resolving issues (a) at the lowest possible level, (b) using the least formal means, and (c) in a
manner that supports all parties involved.
Self-Disclosure: The faculty of the Dorn VAMC fellowship value self-reflection in professional training.
We view self-reflection as an integral component of being an effective, compassionate professional. While
supervisors vary in the level of self-disclosure they encourage in supervision, some level of self-reflection
and self-disclosure is part of the supervisory process. Applicants and fellows are encouraged to discuss
this issue with prospective supervisors.
As stated in the APA Ethics Code, a fellow may be required to disclose personal information if it becomes
necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for the fellow whose personal problems are preventing them
from performing their training or professionally related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat
to students or others.
The faculty recognizes the benefit of personal psychotherapy for all psychology trainees. We consider the
decision to seek psychotherapy a personal one, but may, in some circumstances, suggest or encourage
fellows to seek personal psychotherapy.
1. Name: Michelle Andra Degree: Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology Date of degree: 2004
University from which the degree was awarded: University of South Carolina Primary
interests: Motivational Interviewing, Teaching, Promotion of community integration Primary
expertise: Program development, Evidenced-based interventions for the Seriously Mentally Ill,
CBT, CPT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing.
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2. Name: Chamarlyn Fairley Degree: Ph.D. in Clinical Community Psychology Date of degree:
2005 University from which the degree was awarded: University of South Carolina Primary
interests: Military Sexual Trauma, Individual and group psychotherapy interventions, Treatment
of trauma victims including survivors of abuse and neglect, Emotion regulation, Bullying and
relational aggression, Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy Primary
expertise: Interventions with sexual trauma.
3. Name: JP Ginsberg Degree: Ph.D. Date of degree: 1997 University from which the degree
was awarded: The University of Memphis (Neuropsychology Training Program) Primary
interests: Neuropsychology (Clinical), Attention and Immediate Memory Deficits in combat
veterans with PTSD (Research) Primary expertise: Neuropsychological assessment;
Psychophysiological monitoring; Heart rate variability biofeedback.
4. Name: Robert H. Howell Degree: Ph.D. Psychology; APA Respecialization in Clinical
Psychology University Date of degree: 1996; 2001 (Respecialization) University from which
the degree was awarded: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (PhD); Widener
University (PsyD) Program for Respecialization Primary interests: Clinical psychology and
evidenced based treatments for PTSD, Peer support. Primary expertise: PTSD therapy,
individual, Group and Evidenced-Based Therapies for PTSD. Currently Serving on South
Carolina Licensing Board for Psychology.
5. Name: Tonya C. Hucks-Bradshaw Degree: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Date of degree: 2004
University from which the degree was awarded: University of Cincinnati Primary interests:
Alcohol and other drug use, Substance abuse, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, Multicultural
issues, Women’s issues, Serious Mental Illness, Older adult issues, Human sexuality. Primary
expertise: Health behavior interventions, Cognitive and behavioral interventions, Culture
6. Name: Erin Johnson Degree: Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology Date of Degree: 2007
University from which the degree was awarded: University of South Carolina Primary
interests: Primary Care Mental Health, Health promotion and disease prevention, Early
intervention. Primary expertise: Working with adults with depression, Anxiety and life
adjustment issues, Short term and time limited, DBT and PE trained.
7. Name: Amy LaClaire Degree: PsyD. Date of degree: 2008 University from which the
degree was awarded: Adler School of Professional Psychology Primary interests: Clinical-
Suicide prevention, Crisis management, Veteran population Primary expertise: Clinical
psychology, Suicide Prevention, Clinical Hypnosis.
8. Name: Jeff Meyer Degree: Ph.D. Date of degree: 2009 University from which the degree
was awarded: University of Louisville Primary interests: Chronic pain, Integrated health care,
PTSD, Health psychology, Behavioral medicine, Mind-body connections Primary expertise:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Behavioral
treatments for patients with chronic pain, Group therapy.
9. Name: Tomas Minor Degree: Ph.D. Date of degree: 1981 University from which the
degree was awarded: University of South Carolina Primary interests: Inpatient psychiatry,
Group therapy, PTSD. Primary expertise same as above.
10. Name: Gloria Neumann Degree: PsyD. Date of degree: 1991 University from which the
degree was awarded: Nova Southeastern University Primary interests: Resilience, Suicide
risk assessment and reduction, Spirituality and mental health, Disaster response, Clinician
support and self-care, Evidenced based treatment for suicide (CAMS) Primary expertise: CBT,
CPT, PE and EMDR as well as Critical Incident Debriefing, Hostage negotiation, Law
enforcement fitness for duty evaluation, Suicide risk assessment, Domestic violence, HIV/AIDS
treatment, Mediation, Suicide Risk Reduction, PTSD, Stress management. Current VP of the
S.C. Suicide Prevention Task Force & past President of Hawaii Psych. Association.
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11. Name: Leslie L Pauley Degree: Ph.D. Date of degree: 1991 University from which the
degree was awarded: Alliant University (formerly known as California School of Professional
Psychology) Primary interests: Addictions, PTSD, Women’s issues, Military family issues
Primary expertise: Same as above. Also listed in the National Register and hold a CPQ
(Certificate of Professional Qualification).
12. Name: Kevin Petersen Degree: PsyD. University from which the degree was awarded:
Argosy University/ Phoenix Primary interests: Clinical. Primary expertise: Individual therapy
and assessment, Psychodynamic therapy.
13. Name: Lucinda Quick Degree: Ph.D. Date of degree: 1997 University from which the
degree was awarded: University of South Carolina Primary interests: Therapy with specialty
in PTSD. Primary expertise: Evidenced Based Practices including Prolonged Exposure
Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Participate in teaching EBP seminars 2 days per
14. Name: Deborah J.P. Reyes Degree: Ph.D. Date of degree: 2005 University from which the
degree was awarded: Northern Illinois University Primary interests: Deafness, Trauma
Recovery, TBI, DBT Primary expertise: TBI, American Sign Language / Deaf Culture.
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